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The Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department is currently searching for a Program Manager - Ocean Observatory Initiative - Costal Global Scale Nodes to join their team. This is a regular, full-time, exempt, and is eligible for benefits


The Ocean Observatory Initiative - Costal Global Scale Nodes - Program Manager (OCPM) is responsible for the quality, completeness, and timeliness of Coastal Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) Program deliverables to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Sponsor via the OOI Program Manager


  • Directly responsible for the delivery and management of the OOI CGSN Annual Work Plan. 
  • Directs the quality, correctness and completeness of all CGSN inputs to OOI Program deliverables.
  • Coordinates the CGSN presentation of NSF required OOI reviews.
  • Accountable directly to the OOI Program Manager.
  • Responsible for Coordination of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) functions across the CGSN Program.
  • Manages CGSN Schedule, consisting of activity definition and sequencing, resource estimating, duration estimating, schedule development, and schedule control activities.
  • Manages CGSN Requirements, consisting of the definition, maintenance and updating of a hierarchical set of Program requirements that form the definition of the delivered Program solution.
  • Manages CGSN Scope, consisting of project initiation, scope planning, scope definition and scope change control activities.
  • Manages CGSN Cost, consisting of resource planning, cost estimating, budgeting and cost control activities.
  • Manages CGSN Resources, consisting of organizational planning, project team acquisition and staff development activities.
  • CGSN Program Risk Manager, managing CGSN Risk, consisting of risk management planning, risk identification, risk quantitative and qualitative analysis, response planning, monitoring, and control activities.
  • Manages CGSN Quality, consisting of quality planning, quality assurance and quality control activities.
  • Manages CGSN Configuration Management, chairing the CGSN Configuration Control Board (CCB).
  • Authors and gains approval for Engineering Change Requests (ECR) that include Engineering Solutions and Basis of Estimate (BOE), up to the Sponsor Level.


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor


  • Demonstrated experience managing large government-sponsored Programs > $25M using Integrated Master Schedules, Work Breakdown Structures, and development of other contract deliverables (CDRLs) within cost and schedule constraints.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience successfully managing programs requiring Government contract reporting & compliance.
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated experience in a manufacturing organization, including specific experience in demand/supply planning, production management, delivery execution, and supplier performance management. 
  • Experience with awarding and managing multiple >$10M contract awards and multiple subcontractors.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and deal effectively with conflicting priorities and change. 
  • Documented evidence of excellent problem solving skills as well as keen analytical abilities.  Ability to perform deep data analysis and scenario evaluation.  
  • Strong written and oral communication and attention to detail.   
  • Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing training or experience desired. 
  • MBA or PMP Certification, or Bachelor's degree in Business with equivalent experience.
  • Ocean Engineering experience highly desired.

This hire is contingent upon award. 


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, occasional standing/walking, this position is mostly sedentary by nature. Visual abilities to include near vision. Other occupational requirements include hearing, talking, working with others and traveling about 10% of the time. Physical duties are subject to change.

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